Maybe I’ve been cooped up in the house for too long. Maybe these early mornings are finally getting to me. Maybe I’m in desperate need for an adults-only evening out. But kids’ television shows? …Not terrible.


While I haven’t yet caught myself watching Nick Jr. long after Lenny has gone to bed, I did realize the other day my excitement while flipping through the channels: “Oh look, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!” Only, Lenny was in bed and I really had no reason to change the channel to anything animated.


I did flip past Mickey and the gang and probably changed it to something more “adult” (do the Kardashians count?) but my excitement got me thinking. I may actually like these shows.


What I realized is that, while I do truly like some of these shows—Doc McStuffins and Peppa Pig are some of my and Lenny’s favorites—what I probably like better is the routine surrounding the shows. We have the TV on early in the morning while we’re slowly waking up and winding down before bed. Right now, I’m not concerned about screen time and simply enjoy Lenny’s interest in the colors and activity on the TV. While certain shows do catch his attention over others, he watches intermittently while playing in the living room. I’ve come to really enjoy this quiet time with Lenny—if you call the TV playing over the musical toys and the toys that sounds like revving cars quiet—so I shouldn’t have been surprised at my excitement when certain shows pop up while I’m by myself.


Watching these shows together is our family time. I daydream about a few years into the future when we can all watch a movie and eat popcorn together on a Friday night, or when Lenny is old enough to watch football or motocross with Daddy; I promise to not make him keep up with the Kardashians. So, yes, while I do think I am in serious need for some adult-only time, for now I’m also enjoying what have become some special moments with Lenny—family time, which may also include a stuffed animal doctor, a mouse or a family of cartoon pigs.

Lenny watching one of his cousin's favorite shows early one morning.  Photo credit Gena Golas.

Lenny watching one of his cousin’s favorite shows early one morning. Photo credit Gena Golas.

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